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Next Stop Wonderland (1998)

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Critic Consensus: Endearing performances create characters you care about.

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Boston-based filmmaker Brad Anderson, (The Darien Gap) directed this drama about registered nurse Erin Castleton (Hope Davis), who is dumped by her political-activist boyfriend. Her mother, Piper (Holland Taylor), who runs a successful modeling agency, feels a personal ad in the paper will solve the problem. It's possible she could meet aquarium worker Alan Monteiro (Alan Gelfant), as their paths keep them in close proximity, but destiny seems more inclined to make her a twosome with friendly Brazilian Andre (Jose Zuniga), returning soon to Sao Paulo. Will she travel to Brazil with him? Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

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Cast

Hope Davis
as Erin Castleton
Alan Gelfant
as Alan Monteiro
Holland Taylor
as Piper Castleton
Robert Klein
as Arty Lesser
Roger Rees
as Ray Thornback
Sam Seder
as Kevin Monteiro
Lyn Vaus
as Daryl
Jose Zuniga
as Andre De Silva
Jimmy Tingle
as Lowrey The Bartender
Paula Plum
as Denise Shebola
Steve Sweeney
as Cab Driver
Neil Gustafson
as Yuri Spinov
Dave Gilloran
as Aquarium Volunteer
Emme Shaw
as Bailey
Greg Watson
as Frank's Crony
Robert Gerard Larkin
as Arty Lesser's Crony
Elizabeth Lindsay
as Lucy Bidwell
Jeremy Geidt
as Bookseller
Todd Robinson
as Society Photographer
Andrea Grano
as Pub Waitress
Lori Haims
as Restaurant Waitress
Frank T. Wells
as Alan's Father
Paula Lyons
as TV News Anchor
Arnie Reisman
as Field Reporter
Renita Whited
as Arizona Reporter
James O'Connell
as Linoleum Man
Will Lebow
as Phone Date
Eric Roemele
as Phone Date
Eric Ruben
as Phone Date
Scott Richards
as Phone Date
Tom Cotter
as Phone Date
Al Ducharme
as Phone Date
Bob Druwing
as Phone Date
Ken Mason
as Phone Date
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Critic Reviews for Next Stop Wonderland

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (10)

A soulful, thoughtful comedy!

January 1, 2000
Miami Herald
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A sweetly seductive romantic comedy!

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Next Stop, Wonderland isn't really much more than a beautifully acted, finely edited sitcom, but it creates and sustains an intelligent, seriocomic mood better than any recent film about the urban single life.

January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

For everything that works, there's something to get on your nerves.

January 1, 2000
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

There's not much to stop for in Wonderland.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Predictable!

January 1, 2000
Detroit Free Press
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Audience Reviews for Next Stop Wonderland

This was supposed to be the film that launched Hope Davis' career as a mainstream actress but it didn't quite do that in the end. I thought this was a pretty amusing piece. Not too serious but not exactly a fluff piece either. Not bad.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Image and video hosting by TinyPic Next Stop Wonderland was a enjoyable movie to watch. The romantic aspect was the backbone of the movie.The connection worked because when you met the two future lovers, you know they were special in a way. These two characters had a special bond, even before they met. So the whole time the movie went on , you felt they were together because of their similarities.The supporting cast was wonderful. Phillip Seymour Hoffman had a small role, even so he was great. The movie reminds me a little of Sleepless in Seattle.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

Did you ever hear that old adage, "Love always finds you when you aren't looking for it" or "You can't find love...it finds you."? Here you have it. A woman is caught between her feelings of contentment with being alone and some nagging need inside her that tells her she needs love and to be loved. There is even a dialogue between Erin (The main character played by Hope Davis...who is marvelous) and a colleague where her colleague turns to her and says, "Don't you just hate men?" and Erin turns back and says "No, I wish I did. It would make life a hell of a lot easier." While a series of missed meetings with someone who is apparently her soulmate play in the background she goes on various "dates" to find a suitable suitor. She is a hard match up. She is incredibly intelligent, strong-willed, beautiful, and most of all, fighting the need that she feels to be in love and loved in kind. Enter Alan, the aspiring Marine Biologist, but practicing plumber...who is always just out of reach in our seemingly small world. There are a few loose ends (probably better left untied) and a few performances that were lacking otherwise I might have given this movie 5 stars...I really did enjoy it that much. If you are looking for a love story/comedy wrapped in in anti-love story focused on a very strong female lead with some biting and witty dialogue, but is in no way a "chick flick"...this is your movie. Enjoy

Dean L
Dean L

Super Reviewer

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